NFL Draft Results 2014: List of Grades for Overall Performance by Each Franchise

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NFL Draft Results 2014: List of Grades for Overall Performance by Each Franchise
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It's logical to assume that the 2014 NFL draft is over because there is no event on television where picks are announced and talent is added to rosters, but even with the ceremony over, things have just gotten started. 

Now is when players start arriving at the facilities of their new teams to begin work on fulfilling the potential that comes with being a draft pick, whether it is in the first round or seventh round. 

Even though final grades won't be known in this draft for a few years, assessing the picks based on value and need is easy. Some have become more proficient than others, which usually separates the playoff contenders from the pretenders and bottom feeders. 

Here are grades for the draft, as well as a closer look at key notes coming out of the weekend's festivities. 

 

Arizona Cardinals (Grade: B)
Round Pick Selection Position College
1 27 Deone Buchannon SS Washington State
2 52 Troy Niklas TE Notre Dame
3 84 Kareem Martin DE North Carolina
3 91 John Brown WR Pittsburgh State
4 120 Logan Thomas QB Virginia Tech
5 160 Ed Stinson DE Alabama
6 196 Walt Powell WR Murray State

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Atlanta Falcons (Grade: C+)
Round Pick Selection Position College
1 6 Jake Matthews OT Texas A&M
2 37 Ra'Shede Hageman DT Minnesota
3 68 Dezmen Southward FS Wisconsin
4 103 Devonta Freeman RB Florida State
4 139 Prince Shembo OLB Notre Dame
5 147 Ricardo Allen CB Purdue
5 168 Marquis Spruill ILB Syracuse
7 253 Yawin Smallwood OLB Connecticut
7 255 Tyler Starr OLB South Dakota

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Baltimore Ravens (Grade: B+)
Round Pick Selection Position College
1 17 C.J. Mosley ILB Alabama
2 48 Timmy Jernigan DT Florida State
3 79 Terrence Brooks FS Florida State
3 99 Crockett Gillmore TE Colorado State
4 134 Brent Urban DT Virginia
4 138 Lorenzo Taliaferro RB Coastal Carolina
5 175 John Urschel OG Penn State
6 194 Keith Wenning QB Ball State
7 218 Mike Campanaro WR Wake Forest

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Buffalo Bills (Grade: C+)
Round Pick Selection Position College
1 4 Sammy Watkins WR Clemson
2 44 Cyrus Kouandjio OT Alabama
3 73 Preston Brown ILB Louisville
4 109 Ross Cockrell CB Duke
5 153 Cyril Richardson OG Baylor
7 221 Randell Johnson OLB Florida Atlantic
7 237 Seantrel Henderson OT Miami

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Carolina Panthers (Grade: C)
Round Pick Selection Position College
1 28 Kelvin Benjamin WR Florida State
2 60 Kony Ealy DE Missouri
3 92 Trai Turner OG LSU
4 128 Tre Boston SS North Carolina
5 148 Bene Benwikere CB San Jose State
6 204 Tyler Gaffney RB Stanford

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Chicago Bears (Grade: B)
Round Pick Selection Position College
1 14 Kyle Fuller CB Virginia Tech
2 51 Ego Ferguson DT LSU
3 82 Will Sutton DT Arizona State
4 117 Ka'Deem Carey RB Arizona
4 131 Brock Vereen FS Minnesota
6 183 David Fales QB San Jose State
6 191 Pat O'Donnell P Miami
7 246 Charles Leno Jr. OT Boise St.

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Cincinnati Bengals (Grade: B-)
Round Pick Selection Position College
1 24 Darqueze Dennard CB Michigan State
2 55 Jeremy Hill RB LSU
3 88 Will Clarke DE West Virginia
4 111 Russell Bodine C North Carolina
5 164 AJ McCarron QB Alabama
6 212 Marquis Flowers OLB Arizona
7 239 James Wright WR LSU
7 252 Lavelle Westbrooks CB Georgia Southern

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Cleveland Browns (Grade: B+)
Round Pick Selection Position College
1 8 Justin Gilbert CB Oklahoma State
1 22 Johnny Manziel QB Texas A&M
2 35 Joel Bitonio OT Nevada
3 71 Christian Kirksey OLB Iowa
3 94 Terrance West RB Towson
4 127 Pierre Desir CB Lindenwood

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Dallas Cowboys (Grade: B)
Round Pick Selection Position College
1 16 Zack Martin OT Notre Dame
2 34 Demarcus Lawrence DE Boise State
4 119 Anthony Hitchens OLB Iowa
5 146 Devin Street WR Pittsburgh
7 231 Ben Gardner DE Stanford
7 238 Will Smith OLB Texas Tech
7 248 Ahmad Dixon SS Baylor
7 251 Ken Bishop DT Northern Illinois
7 254 Terrance Mitchell CB Oregon

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Denver Broncos (Grade: B-)
Round Pick Selection Position College
1 31 Bradley Roby CB Ohio State
2 56 Cody Latimer WR Indiana
3 95 Michael Schofield OT Michigan
5 156 Lamin Barrow OLB LSU
6 207 Matthew Paradis C Boise State
7 242 Corey Nelson OLB Oklahoma

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Detroit Lions (Grade: B)
Round Pick Selection Position College
1 10 Eric Ebron TE North Carolina
2 40 Kyle Van Noy OLB BYU
3 76 Travis Swanson C Arkansas
4 133 Nevin Lawson CB Utah State
4 136 Larry Webster DE Bloomsburg
5 158 Caraun Reid DT Princeton
6 189 T.J. Jones WR Notre Dame
7 229 Nate Freese K Boston College

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Green Bay Packers (Grade: A-)
Round Pick Selection Position College
1 21 Ha Ha Clinton-Dix FS Alabama
2 53 Davante Adams WR Fresno State
3 85 Khyri Thornton DT Southern Miss
3 98 Richard Rodgers TE California
4 121 Carl Bradford OLB Arizona State
5 161 Corey Linsley C Ohio State
5 176 Jared Abbrederis WR Wisconsin
6 197 Demetri Goodson CB Baylor
7 236 Jeff Janis WR Saginaw Valley St.

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Houston Texans (Grade: A-)
Round Pick Selection Position College
1 1 Jadeveon Clowney DE South Carolina
2 33 Xavier Su'a-Filo OG UCLA
3 65 C.J. Fiedorowicz TE Iowa
3 83 Louis Nix DT Notre Dame
4 135 Tom Savage QB Pittsburgh
6 177 Jeoffrey Pagan DE Alabama
6 181 Alfred Blue RB LSU
6 211 Jay Prosch FB Auburn
7 216 Andre Hal CB Vanderbilt
7 256 Lonnie Ballentine FS Memphis

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Indianapolis Colts (Grade: D)
Round Pick Selection Position College
2 59 Jack Mewhort OT Ohio State
3 90 Donte Moncrief WR Mississippi
5 166 Jonathan Newsome DE Ball State
6 203 Andrew Jackson ILB Western Kentucky
7 232 Ulrick John OT Georgia State

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Jacksonville Jaguars (Grade: B+)
Round Pick Selection Position College
1 3 Blake Bortles QB Central Florida
2 39 Marqise Lee WR USC
2 61 Allen Robinson WR Penn State
3 93 Brandon Linder OG Miami
4 114 Aaron Colvin CB Oklahoma
5 144 Telvin Smith ILB Florida State
5 159 Chris Smith DE Arkansas
6 205 Luke Bowanko C Virginia
7 222 Storm Johnson RB Central Florida

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Kansas City Chiefs (Grade: C+)
Round Pick Selection Position College
1 23 Dee Ford DE Auburn
3 87 Phillip Gaines CB Rice
4 124 De'Anthony Thomas RB Oregon
5 163 Aaron Murray QB Georgia
6 193 Zach Fulton OG Tennessee
6 200 Laurent Duvernay-Tardif OT McGill

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Miami Dolphins (Grade: C+)
Round Pick Selection Position College
1 19 Ja'Wuan James OT Tennessee
2 63 Jarvis Landry WR LSU
3 67 Billy Turner OT North Dakota State
4 125 Walt Aikens CB Liberty
5 155 Arthur Lynch TE Georgia
5 171 Jordan Tripp OLB Montana
6 190 Matt Hazel WR Coastal Carolina
7 234 Terrence Fede DE Marist

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Minnesota Vikings (Grade: B+)
Round Pick Selection Position College
1 9 Anthony Barr OLB UCLA
1 32 Teddy Bridgewater QB Louisville
3 72 Scott Crichton DE Oregon State
3 96 Jerick McKinnon RB Georgia Southern
5 145 David Yankey OG Stanford
6 182 Antone Exum CB Virginia Tech
6 184 Kendall James CB Maine
7 220 Shamar Stephen DT Connecticut
7 223 Brandon Watts OLB Georgia Tech
7 225 Jabari Price CB North Carolina

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New England Patriots (Grade: B-)
Round Pick Selection Position College
1 29 Dominique Easley DT Florida
2 62 Jimmy Garoppolo QB Eastern Illinois
4 105 Bryan Stork C Florida State
4 130 Jame White RB Wisconsin
4 140 Cameron Flemming OT Stanford
6 179 Jon Halapio OG Florida
6 198 Zach Moore DE Concordia-St. Paul
6 206 Jemea Thomas CB Georgia Tech
7 234 Jeremy Gallon WR Michigan

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New Orleans Saints (Grade: B)
Round Pick Selection Position College
1 20 Brandin Cooks WR Oregon State
2 58 Stanley Jean-Baptiste CB Nebraska
4 126 Khairi Fortt ILB California
5 167 Vinnie Sunseri SS Alabama
5 169 Ronald Powell OLB Florida
6 202 Tavon Rooks OT Kansas State

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New York Giants (Grade: B)
Round Pick Selection Position College
1 12 Odell Beckham Jr. WR LSU
2 43 Weston Richburg C Colorado State
3 74 Jay Bromley DT Syracuse
4 113 Andre Williams RB Boston College
5 152 Nat Berhe SS San Diego State
5 174 Devon Kennard OLB USC
6 187 Bennett Jackson CB Notre Dame

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New York Jets (Grade: A-)
Round Pick Selection Position College
1 18 Calvin Pryor FS Louisville
2 49 Jace Amaro TE Texas Tech
3 80 Dexter McDougle CB Maryland
4 104 Jalen Saunders WR Oklahoma
4 115 Shaq Evans WR UCLA
4 137 Dakota Dozier OT Furman
5 154 Jeremiah George ILB Iowa State
6 195 Brandon Dixon CB Northwest Missouri State
6 209 Quincy Enunwa WR Nebraska
6 210 IK Enemkpali DE Louisiana Tech
6 213 Tajh Boyd QB Clemson
7 233 Trevor Reilly OLB Utah

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Oakland Raiders (Grade: B+)
Round Pick Selection Position College
1 5 Khalil Mack OLB Buffalo
2 36 Derek Carr QB Fresno State
3 81 Gabe Jackson OG Mississippi State
4 107 Justin Ellis DT Louisiana Tech
4 116 Keith McGill CB Utah
7 219 Travis Carrie CB Ohio
7 235 Shelby Harris DE Illinois St.
7 247 Jonathan Dowling SS Western Kentucky

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Philadelphia Eagles (Grade: B)
Round Pick Selection Position College
1 26 Marcus Smith OLB Louisville
2 42 Jordan Matthews WR Vanderbilt
3 86 Josh Huff WR Oregon
4 101 Jaylen Watkins CB Florida
5 141 Taylor Hart DE Oregon
5 162 Ed Reynolds FS Stanford
7 224 Beau Allen DT Wisconsin

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Pittsburgh Steelers (Grade: B)
Round Pick Selection Position College
1 15 Ryan Shazier OLB Ohio State
2 46 Stephon Tuitt DE Notre Dame
3 97 Dri Archer RB Kent State
4 118 Martavis Bryant WR Clemson
5 157 Shaquille Richardson CB Arizona
5 173 Wesley Johnson OT Vanderbilt
6 192 Jordan Zumwalt ILB UCLA
6 215 Daniel McCullers DT Tennessee
7 230 Rob Blanchflower TE Massachusetts

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San Diego Chargers (Grade: B)
Round Pick Selection Position College
1 25 Jason Verrett CB TCU
2 50 Jeremiah Attaochu OLB Georgia Tech
3 89 Chris Watt OG Notre Dame
5 165 Ryan Carrethers DT Arkansas State
6 201 Marion Grice RB Arizona State
7 240 Tevin Reese WR Baylor

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San Francisco 49ers (Grade: A)
Round Pick Selection Position College
1 30 Jimmie Ward SS Northern Illinois
2 57 Carlos Hyde RB Ohio State
3 70 Marcus Martin C USC
3 77 Chris Borland ILB Wisconsin
3 100 Brandon Thomas OT Clemson
4 106 Bruce Ellington WR South Carolina
4 129 Dontae Johnson CB North Carolina State
5 150 Aaron Lynch DE South Florida
5 170 Keith Reaser CB Florida Atlantic
6 180 Kenneth Acker CB SMU
7 243 Kaleb Ramsey DE Boston College
7 245 Trey Millard FB Oklahoma

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Seattle Seahawks (Grade: B-)
Round Pick Selection Position College
2 45 Paul Richardson WR Colorado
2 64 Justin Britt OT Missouri
4 108 Cassius Marsh DE UCLA
4 123 Kevin Norwood WR Alabama
4 132 Kevin Pierre-Louis OLB Boston College
5 172 Jimmy Staten DT Middle Tennessee State
6 199 Garrett Scott OT Marshall
6 208 Eric Pinkins FS San Diego State
7 227 Kiero Small RB Arkansas

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St. Louis Rams (Grade: A)
Round Pick Selection Position College
1 2 Greg Robinson OT Auburn
1 13 Aaron Donald DT Pittsburgh
2 41 Lamarcus Joyner CB Florida State
3 75 Tre Mason RB Auburn
4 110 Mo Alexander SS Utah State
6 188 E.J. Gaines CB Missouri
6 214 Garrett Gilbert QB SMU
7 226 Mitchell Van Dyk OT Portland St.
7 241 C.B. Bryant FS Ohio State
7 249 Michael Sam DE Missouri
7 250 Demetrius Rhaney C Tennessee St.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Grade: A-)
Round Pick Selection Position College
1 7 Mike Evans WR Texas A&M
2 38 Austin Seferian-Jenkins TE Washington
3 69 Charles Sims RB West Virginia
5 143 Kadeem Edwards OG Tennessee St.
5 149 Kevin Pamphile OT Purdue
6 185 Robert Herron WR Wyoming

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Tennessee Titans (Grade: B-)
Round Pick Selection Position College
1 11 Taylor Lewan OT Michigan
2 54 Bishop Sankey RB Washington
4 112 DaQuan Jones DT Penn State
4 122 Marqueston Huff FS Wyoming
5 152 Avery Williamson ILB Kentucky
6 178 Zach Mettenberger QB LSU

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Washington Redskins (Grade: C+)
Round Pick Selection Position College
2 47 Trent Murphy OLB Stanford
3 66 Morgan Moses OT Virginia
3 78 Spencer Long OG Nebraska
4 102 Bashaud Breeland CB Clemson
5 142 Ryan Grant WR Tulane
6 186 Lache Seastrunk RB Baylor
7 217 Ted Bolser TE Indiana
7 228 Zach Hocker K Arkansas

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Team That Turned Into A Playoff Contender: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

This was a close race between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the St. Louis Rams, but the former gets the edge simply because it doesn't have to play in a division that also features the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers.

The Buccaneers knew they had to follow a blueprint at wide receiver to take advantage of Josh McCown's strengths, which is simply throwing the ball up to big players who can catch it away from their body. 

Not only did Lovie Smith get 6'4" Mike Evans in the first round, but the addition of 6'5" Austin Seferian-Jenkins in the second round gives McCown three massive red-zone options that no one in the NFC South is going to match up with. 

Andrew Astleford of Fox Sports Florida had this note on Seferian-Jenkins after the Bucs made him the 38th overall pick, comparing his game to another prominent NFC South tight end: 

Tampa Bay also got some help on the interior offensive line with Kadeem Edwards, who isn't technically sound but packs a wallop at the point of attack. 

The division is up for grabs. No one expects Carolina to be as good as it was last year with a new receiving corps. New Orleans had to get rid of some quality talent (Darren Sproles, Jonathan Vilma, Malcolm Jenkins, et al.) because of salary cap constraints. 

Atlanta's the most dangerous team in the division, but it has to prove its key players can stay healthy and a new-look offensive line can protect Matt Ryan

At the very least, Tampa Bay will be interesting because of Evans, Seferian-Jenkins and Vincent Jackson. 

 

Playoff Contender That Hurt Itself: Indianapolis Colts

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If you want to know the value of a quarterback in the NFL, look at the Indianapolis Colts. This team has done a poor job of building around Andrew Luck since taking him No. 1 overall in 2012. 

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The Colts have found a very good wide receiver in T.Y. Hilton, and Coby Fleener got better in his second season, but last year provided a whole lot of nothing. First-round pick Bjoern Werner came into the NFL as a project and lived up to that billing with just 2.5 sacks in 13 games. 

The best players on the team not named Luck are 33-year-old Robert Mathis and 35-year-old Reggie Wayne, who tore his ACL last October. 

This draft doesn't look like it's going to provide much help, though the problems didn't start this weekend. Indianapolis' draft botching began last September when it traded a first-round pick for Trent Richardson

There's always value in having a quality running back, though Richardson hasn't proven himself to be that, but the 49ers got Carlos Hyde, widely considered the best back in this draft, in the second round. 

Conrad Brunner of 1070 The Fan noted how poor a job the Colts did even addressing their biggest needs:

This year, the Colts drafted a speed wide receiver who doesn't show the ability to run routes and has questionable ball skills, didn't find anyone to replace Antoine Bethea and added just two offensive linemen. 

 

Most Improved Team: Jacksonville Jaguars

 

It's almost too easy to pick on Jacksonville. This is the second time in four years the Jags have drafted a quarterback in the top 10 and Justin Blackmon, the fifth pick in 2012, doesn't seem likely to play for them ever again. 

There were skeptics who scoffed when the Jaguars took Blake Bortles with the No. 3 overall pick, either because they don't like his potential or were drawn in by the shiny allure of Johnny Manziel, but ESPN's Chris Mortensen pointed out that the foundation looks strong:

Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson give Bortles two outside weapons to throw to, which NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah notes takes advantage of Bortles' strength at college:

The Jags also found excellent value later in the draft with interior offensive lineman Brandon Linder and cornerback Aaron Colvin, who had second-round potential before an ACL injury.

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